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UNI recognized as national leader in applied ecological research

Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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Laura Jackson, director, Tallgrass Prairie Center, professor of Biology, 319-273-2705, laura.l.jackson@uni.edu

Blake Ruane, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, blake.ruane@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In December, the University of Northern Iowa was represented at the Transportation Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. to call attention to the role of state departments of transportation in the conversation regarding pollinators and monarch butterflies. The summit was convened and sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Laura Jackson, professor of biology and director of UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, was invited to speak at the summit on the cost and benefits of managing roadsides ecologically and reducing costs of high quality native seed.

UNI's participation shows the university is recognized nationally as a leader in applied ecological research, education and technology transfer.

"The White House Summit was an unprecedented opportunity to share what we have learned in Iowa over the last 25 years about managing roadside vegetation for high quality pollinator habitat," said Jackson. "The Tallgrass Prairie Center has conducted dozens of studies related to prairie restoration, native seed genetics and seed quality, to serve the needs to roadside managers across the state."

For more information about research done through UNI's Tallgrass Prairie Center, contact Jackson at 319-273-2705 or laura.l.jackson@uni.edu